I live in LA and need to get in some more ski miles before my big Mammoth trip late January. Since Baldy is closed, and my Mammoth season pass covers Snow Summit, I was thinking of driving up there the middle of next week for two or three days of skiing, arriving Mon or Tues (Dec 28 or 29), departing Thurs or Friday (Dec 30 or 31). Two questions:
1) How crowded is it likely to be? If I need to wait 45 mins. in a lift line for each run, it's not worth it to me.
2) Is there any place I could stay for <~100/night within a half-hour's drive of Snow Summit? Given the holiday week, I assumed those rates wouldn't be possible in Bear Lake, so my initial plan was to find a good deal by staying a bit further away. But the closest town outside of Bear Lake appears to be Mentone, and that's over an hour's drive to Snow Summit. So not sure if there's a way to make this work.
Yes, I could do a couple of day trips, but I find it tough to handle the 3-hour drive each way with a hard day of skiing thrown in.